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Volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Volunteers are hardworking, reliable and passionate about helping. They are caring, compassionate and strive to put the needs of others (people and pets) above their own.

Recently, Sandra Winkelman, was recognized for these special qualities and awarded the United Way of Greater Yankton’s Volunteer of the Month. Winkelman has many wonderful skills and does not sit still in her retirement, but chooses to make a huge difference in many lives.

“We believe Sandra is one of the most deserving volunteers in Yankton,” stated community members Ellen and Herb Bollig, who nominated Winkelman for the award. “Sandra always goes and extra step in all she does, she is selfless in giving of her time”.

We asked Sandra to share more about her volunteer efforts throughout the community:

I have lived here in the Yankton area since 2004. We moved to Yankton from Branson, MO because of my husband’s health to be closer to family.  

I began volunteering after my husband’s passing. I started volunteering at Majestic Bluffs Assisted Living as my husband had been a patient at the nursing home before his passing. I could see what a difference volunteers made in the lives of the residents.

I continue volunteering because I see there is a real need and it gives me a sense of satisfaction.

I volunteer at Heartland Humane Society (Dog Foster Mom), Majestic Bluffs Assisted Living, The Center, Servant Hearts Clinic (Receptionist), and Friends of the Yankton Community Library (Treasurer).

Volunteer work is enjoyable because I am retired and have the time. I love dogs and enjoy all the different breeds that I have had, and I enjoy meeting and getting to know all the folks that I interact with at the different organizations I volunteer.

My best volunteer experience would be when staff at the Human Society find a good home for the animals I foster. They do an amazing job of finding the best home for each individual animal.

The advice I would give to anyone thinking about volunteering would be there is nothing that beats the smiles on the faces of the people who you have spent time sharing a couple of hours with each other.

For more information on local volunteer opportunities or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, visit or call United Way of Greater Yankton at (605) 665-6766. 

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